On Wednesday, April 11, CSU welcomes the prestigious and distinguished gender psychologist Janet Shibley Hyde to campus.
Hyde’s visit is being hosted by student organization Psi Chi/PSA and CSU’s chapter of Psi Chi, an international psychology honors society that provides provide opportunities for students to broaden their mind and experience in psychology.
Hyde is a renowned psychologist who is famous for developing the “Gender Similarity Hypothesis,” which states that men and women are more similar psychologically than they are different. The research was done by conducting 46 meta-analyses and has challenged over-exaggerated views on gender, such as the popular John Gray novel Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus.
She is well known in the psychology world and was recently awarded the 2016 Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2018 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science.
Her work has not only been referenced in psychology courses and texts, but also fields such as human development and family studies, sociology, social work, ethnic studies, women’s studies and gender research, and even economics.
Hyde has been researching and challenging gender roles and stereotypes since 1975. She has contributed to society by educating others on the social construct that gender is, and informs others on the “truth” of gender.
Role of gender
Gender is part of the workforce, our classes, and our everyday interactions with others around us. Therefore, she argues, it is important to be educated on gender so that one does not assume things or make false conclusions about others. Hyde’s work is especially relevant during a time in which it is clear that people have strong, uneducated biases towards certain groups.
Psi Chi/PSA, ASCSU, the Department of Psychology, and WINS (Women in Natural Sciences) will be hosting Hyde’s talk on Wednesday, April 11, from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the Cherokee Ballroom of the LSC. Anyone from any major or with any affiliation to the university is strongly encouraged to attend.
There will be a reception following her talk in the University Club from 2 to 3 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.